What To Do in AC When You are Not at the Show (Who the Hell is Lucy?)

Plenty of reasons to attend ISS Atlantic City that occur on the convention floor. There actually are almost more reasons to go to the show outside of the show, and I don’t mean losing your money in the casinos. AC has some great eats and a few great sights. At the risk of causing longer lines at my favorite places, here are some places to
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ISS: Atlantic City: Why Go?

You should try and attend the ISS Atlantic City trade show. If not this trade show, some other one you can get to. Hear me out on why. Here are some paradoxes about our industry: Your Fellow Decorators: – The nit-wits and the misinformed. There is a wealth of misinformation out there about decorating. Check out Facebook groups, message boards, etc. and there are so
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Gildan’s Financials

The Gildan financial report on the year 2017, 4th quarter 2017, and the outlook for 2018 are available for your perusal here. A few take-aways from a quick look see: – They made a boatload of money. Gross sales of $2,750.8 million and generated free cash flow of $519 million. That’s a whole lot of G2000’s. – They leave the door open for more acquisitions
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Better Screenprinting. 4 to 6

People always are asking how to be a better screenprinter. Today let’s talk some philosophy with our inspiration coming from power hitter J.D. Martinez who just signed a 110 million dollar contract with the Red Sox, 71 year old hitting instructor Craig Wallenbrock, and Martin Luther King Jr. How do you make your printing better? Most want the easy answer of the magic white ink,
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Color of the Year: Pantone 18-3838 (Ultra Violet)

Most of us communicate color information using the Pantone Matching System or “PMS”, (though not to be confused with the condition PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome.) Pantone also every year announces the “Color of the Year.” They scour the globe and come up with a color. This year it is Pantone 18-3838 Ultraviolet. The Pantone Institute waxes absolutely poetic about their choice. ” “From exploring new
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ISS Long Beach 2018 Highlights

ISS Long Beach brought Round One of The Ink Kitchen Hang Out, with vinyl, beer and a place to hang out and get to know people. Check out the show highlights now and keep an eye out for more coming soon.

Misprint Monday: Wishful Thinking about Screens

Having talked shop with quite a few people at ISS Long Beach I have detected quite a bit of wishful thinking going on out there about screens. With some shops there seems to be a bit of a move away from Newman Roller Frames and in my opinion most of that thinking is not thorough thinking. You can’t get rid of your retensionable screens and
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